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The Basic Idea: Help urgently needed

Hi all and sorry for long but important post

Just two weeks ago, The Basic Idea had a week with 17 referrals (10 more than the average week in 2016); we hope this was a blip, but as you can see the shelves have taken quite a hammering.

Can we ask that all our very generous and regular supporters, make an even bigger effort to focus on the items of which we are desperately short, and if asked by others let them know too.

Tinned Carrots, Garden Peas, Sweetcorn and Green Beans
Tinned Bolognaise, Chili, Mild Curry and Meatballs
Packets of Rice, Sponge Puddings, Fruit Cocktail and Rice Pudding

We cannot store and do not need any more Baked Beans / Tinned Fish / Tinned Soup / Packets of Pasta

Just a few weeks ago, the Independent Food Aid Network (Ifan) found that there were now in excess of 2000 food-banks operating across the UK – whether we like it or not in most towns and cities across our nation, food-banks are a simple fact of life; the norm not the exception.

Over last year in Belper and surrounding area, the most frequent reason for requiring help was benefit delay accounting for 22% of referrals – this increased to 30% for all benefit related referrals last year.  Debt accounted for a further 20% with the next biggest being 19% of referrals due to families struggling on low incomes.

Our experience is telling us that as much as half of the food-bank use in Belper and the surrounding villages could be avoided by a fairer and more functional welfare system, as well as the eradication of the tyranny of low pay that does not afford even the most frugal of families the ability to pay the bills, and feed and clothe themselves, never mind having a little left over with which to make the most basic of choices.  On top of that, just yesterday, in the case of lone parents with children under two, the courts have judged the benefit cap, that was brought in some time ago, to be illegal.

The Basic Idea food-bank will be required for as long as unjust structures in society are the accepted bi-product of discriminatory social and economic policy in this country.  The hung parliament will mean that the current government will be under even greater scrutiny than before and will seek greater cross party consensus as it brings forward measures effecting social policy.

Please keep informed and hold government and opposition alike to account, during what many commentators are predicting to be a very difficult economic and political period.

The Basic Idea Team thanks you again for your vital support at this time – form a voluntary point of view, the second 10 years are always the hardest.

Cheers,

Gareth Greenwood – Chair of Hope for Belper

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June 23, 2017 at 1:38 pm Leave a comment

Street Angels to mark first birthday with party

A commemmorative T-shirt that records all the people who have served as Street Angels over the past year.

A commemorative T-shirt recording all the people who have served as Street Angels over the past year.

The Street Angels are approaching their annual commissioning and first birthday party, which will happen on June 7th, 6:45 for 7pm. Our birthday party and annual commissioning will be held at St John’s chapel, you are very welcome. We will be thanking all those who have made the project possible and celebrating our journey so far as a project. 

On the 24th May we met our new Belper Street Angel recruits for training and a social, so that questions could be asked and experience gained.  

We continue to cover the estates and the town alternately so that Angels can choose for their once-monthly round either the 7pm-11pm estates round, or the 10pm until 2am town round. 

As we recruit more and more people, the goal we have set ourselves, to have enough people eventually to cover both areas simultaneously on an evening, might soon come true. You can make this happen! Please do get involved. For information and an application form contact Belperstreetangels@gmail.com

Rachel Marszalek (Belper Street Angels Co-ordinator)

June 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

Belper Passion play to be staged indoors

The Belper Passion play due to take place in the town on Good Friday is to be staged indoors, organisers have decided.

The play had been due to be performed in the open air climaxing in the crucifixion scene at the Memorial Gardens.#

However due to uncertainty about weather conditions for later in the week and also for safety reasons it has now been decided that the play will be staged indoors.

The first act will now be staged inside the Methodist Church at 11.45, followed by a procession to St Peter’s Church where act two will take place.

After the play there will be an opportunity to “meet the cast” with refreshments provided.

Hope for Belper will be providing practical support to the event and a Hope team will also be on hand at St Peter’s to chat and pray with people afterwards.

March 25, 2013 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

Town gears up for Good Friday Passion Play

On Good Friday 2013, a modern live dramatic performance representing Christ’s Passion from the Last Supper to the Crucifixion will be played out through out the streets of Belper and in iconic local venues engaging the public in the action.

Hope will be suporting the Belper Passion play with the provision of refreshments in the Memorial Gardens at the climax of the play.

Directed by Belper-based actor and director Larry Waller, the play will begin at noon in the grounds of the Methodist Chapel on Chapel Street.

More information about the play can be found here, but meanwhile here’s a trailer that the team behind the play have posted on YouTube.

March 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Street Angels project trials late shift

Belper Street Angels has carried out its first trial of a new 11pm -3am lateshift and is seeking new recruits to help make it a permanent feature.

The project, launched eight months ago, has seen teams of volunteers patrolling the town centre and estates between 8-12 each Friday evening.

In the longer-term, the plan is to launch two regular weekly shifts, an early evening shift focused on the estates and a late night shift focused on the town centre.

For the next few months, however, the project team plan to alternate between the two until enough new volunteers are recruited.

Said project co-ordinator Rachel Marszalek:  “It’s continuing to be a chilly winter but the Angels are unperturbed and we are asking if you can help us in our attempts to attract new recruits to the project before a commissioning of the next wave of angels begins in June.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer should contact Rachel at Revrachelemma@gmail.com. Some updated information about the project can be found on the Street Angels page.

January 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm Leave a comment

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Hope for Belper – Demonstrating God’s love for our Town

Welcome to the Hope for Belper website. Here you will be able to read about everything that’s happening locally running on from the national Hope initiative to demonstrate God’s love for our towns, villages and communities by providing practical help for those around us.

Hope for Belper is currently running three main projects - The Basic Idea food bank, Belper Street Angels and Christians Against Poverty.

Hope for Belper is now a Registered Charity, Reg No 1146148.

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